Hanover hopeful for bridge restoration next year

There is no more significant landmark in Hanover than the Historic Crow River Bridge.

The city and its friends at the Hanover Historical Society are doing everything they can to make sure the bridge remains an attraction for future generations. The society donated a $1,000 check to the city council, earmarked for an upcoming bridge restoration project.

The Hanover Historical Society donates $1,000 to the city of Hanover for the Historic Bridge restoration project. Left to right are city councilor Doug Hammerseng, Joe Kaul, Barb Olson, Mayor Chris Kauffman, Martin Waters, Mary Coons, Claudia Pingree, Mike Kehn, Tim Zimmerman, and councilors John Vajda, Wendy Pinor and Ken Warpula.

The Hanover Historical Society donates $1,000 to the city of Hanover for the Historic Bridge restoration project. Left to right are city councilor Doug Hammerseng, Joe Kaul, Barb Olson, Mayor Chris Kauffman, Martin Waters, Mary Coons, Claudia Pingree, Mike Kehn, Tim Zimmerman, and councilors John Vajda, Wendy Pinor and Ken Warpula.

The city is also applying for a state preservation grant that would pay the bulk of the $300,000 project cost, with the city to fund a 20 percent match. The city has set aside its share in a capital fund.

“We’re hoping to do the project next year (2014),” assistant city administrator Annita Smythe said. “We’re applying for some grant funding. It’s a multi-step process. We have to go through certain steps for preservation grant funding.”

Smythe also said a certified engineering specialist who works with historic bridges will assess the bridge’s needs, which mainly include underneath structural maintenance and some decking.

The city received a favorable reply on its letter of intent sent to the state for the grant funding. The final grant application is anticipated in February.

In other action, the council:

CONTINUED discussion regarding the proposed lease with Hanover Athletic Association, related to the soon-to-be renovated baseball field at Settlers Park near city hall. “I think we’re pretty close to approval,” assistant administrator Smythe said.

REVIEWED the city’s fee schedule. The council ultimately tabled the item and will reconsider it at the next council work session. This has to do with the master fee schedule that affects everything from development fees to utility rates.

SIGNED off on a memorandum of understanding regarding the Region 7W northwest metro transportation board. The agreement is related to the federal census and keeps the Metropolitan Council’s reach out of Wright County and Elk River.

DISCUSSED potential changes to the city council agenda order for 2014. The city attorney said the mayor has discretion to change the agenda, such as taking public input before consent agenda approval.

 

 

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